April is Distracted Driver Awareness Month: Do You Text and Drive?

texting while driving statisticsDid you know that 3 out of 4 teenagers have seen their parents texting while driving? This is setting an inconsistent and dangerous example for the country's next generation of drivers. April is National Distracted Driver Awareness Month and our car accident lawyers in Raleigh are taking a look at how many people are affected by accidents caused by distracted driving, the common distractions drivers face, and how teenage drivers are managing their responsibility behind the wheel in the Digital Age.

In 2009, distracted driving took the lives of 5,474 people. How many of these lives could have been saved if people understood the dangers of distractions and practiced safe driving?

Even though 85% of drivers recognize the danger of texting while driving, 80% of all accidents are a result of distracted driving. The effects of distracted driving are more severe than driving while intoxicated. A legally drunk person behind the wheel has a 5' brake time delay on average. A person who is texting behind the wheel has a 70' brake time delay on average. Drunk drivers are four times more likely to cause an accident, whereas an individual who is texting is eight times more likely.

Drivers are not only distracted by texting and talking on their cell phones, but also by disruptive passengers, eating while driving, loud music, and playing with radio stations. All of these distractions contribute to taking the driver's attention away from the road.

It is well known that the leading cause of death for teenagers is an accident in a motor vehicle. This fact, combined with their novice driving abilities, loud friends in the car, potential underage drinking, and the temptation of texting while driving, creates a perfect storm of car accident possibility. When so many teenagers seeing their parents texting while driving, the danger of texting does not seem real to them. More than 50% of teenagers admit to texting while driving.

Share this information with your loved ones to help grow the number of people who drive safely without the distraction from a text or a phone call. If you were the victim of a car accident in Raleigh or anywhere in North Carolina that was caused by someone else's negligence, contact our attorneys to learn your rights. We offer free case evaluations at 877-BRENT-ADAMS.

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